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Transforming Cancer Care in Texas

Cancer care in Texas has evolved over the years and more cancer centers continue to adopt methods that make cancer care more effective. This article discusses some of the methods that can be used to improve cancer care.

According to research conducted by ASCO (American Society of Clinical Medicine) in 2018, there’s great potential in the use of digital technology to help patients and doctors manage cancer and other diseases. It can also make it possible to carry out earlier diagnosis using a blood test.

The study was carried out across various major cancer centers in the U.S. and unveiled that using fitness data obtained from use of a Microsoft Band may help to reduce rates of unplanned hospitalization.

Use of emojis to generate quality of life data among cancer patients

In a research published at ACSO, Mayo Clinic researchers used emojis to collect data from 296 patients with lymphoma, brain, breast, ovarian, and pancreatic cancers. The patients had to complete surveys for 12 weeks to assess sleep, fatigue, social and physical function. Patients were categorized into three. One group was given an iPhone, another group was given an Apple Watch, and the third one was given a paper to provide feedback about their wellbeing.

The researchers concluded that logging more data was attributed to less sleep disturbance and fatigue, better social and physical function. On the other hand, more time spent exercising per day was linked with improved global mental quality of life as well as sleep. They concluded that the Apple Watch data is closely linked to the outcomes and that emoji scales are a “promising” tool.

Use of blood tests to detect cancer

It’s not only the wearable technology that’s growing fast- blood tests and analyses used for detecting cancer save lives. The tests help to catch the disease early and give patients a better chance of survival. The technology operates by screening the DNA that white blood cells emit. This forms ‘white noise’ that masks genetic material within the blood stream that cancer emits. Early results from 1,627 patients derived from a bigger 15,000 patient trial show that the technique could result in a blood test-based screening system.

These are just some of the approaches oncology centers in Texas can embrace to transform cancer care. Others include use of personalized treatment approaches and adopting immuno-oncology as an effective cancer treatment option.

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